CarolCooks2…#bloganuary 2022…Write about something that makes you feel strong.

Day 24 of #bloganuary…Today’s prompt is…Write about something that makes you feel strong.

That’s a leading question as it could be very different for everyone…strength comes in a variety of forms it could be bodily strength or strength of mind which again can apply to many circumstances…

Growing up we need strength as we progress through our schooling we then go onto higher education and may leave our family home which takes great strength of mind given the so many changes we come across…

We meet someone and fall in love…we may get married or move in together…new strengths are required…

Children come along…and boy do we need strength then…so many challenges present themselves…

I would consider myself a strong person and I navigated all of those things not always easy but I managed and came out stronger…

Then my husband died…everyone is heartbroken and you have children to help get through this..don’t ask me where that strength came from but it did…

All that is in the past now so I guess I am quite a strong person …Then you get sucker punched and both my two beautiful daughters have breast cancer…one had it 18 years ago and it has come back…my youngest also has been diagnosed with breast cancer (you could) not make that up could you although I have a dear friend who lost both her children to cancer a few ago…I needed to be strong for her…

Pat in turn has been strong for me and my girls…I break my heart when I am alone and I have certainly found out who my friends are…but for the girls I am strong…I have to be I am their mum…

This post is part of the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day. Today’s prompt was to write about…?. Write about something that makes you feel strong.

Smorgasbord Health Column 2022 – The Gentle Detox – Part Three – Pre-Weight Loss – Willpower booster by Sally Cronin

The Gentle Detox – Part Three – Pre-Weight Loss Willpower Booster

This is the most popular time of year for people to decide to improve their diet and lifestyle… Apart from New Year resolutions, there is something compelling about starting a new year with a fresh perspective.

This week a focus on weight loss whether it is 10lbs or 100lbs.. beginning the process with a gentle detox rather than straight into a highly restrictive diet programme is a very much more sensible way to approach this sometimes life-changing event.

Your body needs nourishment while it loses weight and eating enough of the right foods is key.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2022/01/20/smorgasbord-health-column-2022-the-gentle-detox-part-three-pre-weight-loss-willpower-booster-by-sally-cronin/

CarolCooks2…#bloganuary 2022…Write about a dream you remember.

Day 23 of #bloganuary…Today’s prompt is…Write about a dream you remember.

Dreams are stories and images that our minds create while we sleep. They can be entertaining, fun, romantic, disturbing, frightening, and sometimes bizarre.

They are an enduring source of mystery for scientists and psychological doctors.

We may not remember dreaming, but everyone is thought to dream between 3 and 6 times per night

It is thought that each dream lasts between 5 to 20 minutes.

Around 95 per cent of dreams are forgotten by the time a person gets out of bed…given that we are said to dream that many times a night its weird that we don’t remember them…sometimes I remember a dream the next day but they are never memorable enough to remember them days or weeks later…

It seems many dreams are caused by our thoughts which are either happy or sad but unconsciously driven by us…

I cannot honestly say that any of mine have been memorable enough to stay in my subconscious for years…As compensation for that I will leave you with this beautiful song by Fleetwood Mac…

This post is part of the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day. Today’s prompt was to write about…?. Write about a dream you remember.

CarolCooks2…Monday Musings… 24th January 2022…

Welcome to Monday Musings…which could be anything that has happened throughout the last week, something I have read or watched, could be a pet peeve or almost anything.. welcome to my world!

Bees…In Winter…

Bees need all the help we can give them to survive especially in the winter months here is a helpful post from Martha Stewart’s blog on how we can help the bees in the winter months.

The sad news came out on January the 21st of the passing of Marvin Lee Aday, who you may know better as Meat Loaf. I’ve been a fan of his ever since he unleashed Bat Out Of Hell onto the world…I spent much of that day playing his songs as they should be played and that isn’t quietly…Clive of Take it Easy Blog paid tribute to the music of Meatloaf far better than I could…Please if you were a fan pop over and play the songs …loudly!

https://cliveblogs.wordpress.com/2022/01/21/r-i-p-mr-loaf/

I came across this link on Becky’s blog…it makes sense as children are our future and reading books especially written for them will as children are wont to ask questions which will fuel a need to know about climate change…Thank you Becky a great share x

Why Children’s Stories Are a Powerful Tool to Fight Climate Change – YES! Magazine…

https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2022/01/14/climate-change-childrens-stories?

Every household in Wales is being offered a free tree to plant as part
of the Welsh Government’s plans to tackle climate change.

People can choose a tree of their own to plant or opt to have a tree
planted on their behalf.

The first trees will be available to collect from March 2022 from one
of five regional community hubs being set up. A further 20 community
hubs will follow as part of the scheme run with the Woodland Trust.

Wales deputy minister for climate change, Lee Waters, said: “Trees are
amazing – they save lives by keeping our air clean, they improve
people’s physical and mental health, they are essential for tackling
our nature emergency, improving biodiversity and, of course, in
tackling climate change.

Thank you Tori for alerting me to this wonderful incentive…

That’s all for today I hope you have found these links useful and informative…Have a productive and enjoyable week everyone and don’t forget my new A-Z is coming out on Wednesday…x

 

 

 

CarolCooks2…#bloganuary 2022…Interview a fictional character.

Day 22 of #bloganuary…Today’s prompt is… Interview a fictional character.

So far with these challenges, I have managed ok…I think …but interview a fictional character not in my remit today so I am going to pass on that one and instead I am going to leave you with something I wrote a long time ago…Willow the-Wisp…

Willow the Wisp…by Carol Taylor.

Sitting,  flicking through FB is my way of keeping in touch with family and friends from afar. I clicked like, I commented.  Suddenly like a blast from the past, a face appeared: my heart skipped a beat and a tear, unbidden trickled down my face. The outlines were blurred but still …. I felt that familiar stirring from within and I started to shake from the tips of my fingers to my toes.

My thoughts turned to him. The only person who had the power to make my bones turn to jelly.

I suppose the unexpected encounter…just a picture … my guard had dropped or just perhaps my need for someone. If I allowed my thoughts and myself to turn to him then I had to attempt to find some modicum of com­mon ground in the relationship aside from raw, physical sex.

Was that possible?

He was like Willow the Wisp invading my very being, catching me unawares.

My first love and my last. “A bit dramatic” I hear myself saying.

The End!

This post is part of the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day. Today’s prompt was to write about…? Interview a fictional character.

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 16th-22nd January 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Culinary A-Z, Friday Product Review, Saturday Snippets and Go Fly a Kite…

Welcome to my weekly roundup... 2022 is well settled in now …we are mid-way through
January I do hope that those of you who are experiencing lots of snow are staying warm and
safe…Here high season is on the way…The hot season in central Thailand and northeast
Thailand runs from February to June…although the last few days have seen a drop in
temperature and it has been very overcast…

What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up…  It is the final post for my Culinary A-Z, Monday Musings are just some findings from the week before which I either find amusing or not, …Friday review and the subject was Slow Cookers…Saturday Snippets is always a joy to write for me…I hope you enjoy it!

Who knew how easy it was to peel an orange and end up with two little orange cups to fill with some lovely mousse for a dessert or wax and make a beautiful citrus candle… Eubie he was a great example of where age has no barriers…

CarolCooks2…Monday Musings… 17th January 2022…How to peel an Orange, Bees and Eubie Blake…

I think a detox is a good start to the year and Sally’s advice is invaluable, easy to understand …I’m ready to detox …Are you? If so please click the link below x

Smorgasbord Health Column 2022 – The Gentle Detox – Part Two – Eat food your body recognises…and can work with! Sally Cronin

This is it we have reached the end… the last two letters of the alphabet…Y and Z…that were far easier than I had thought… it’s been a fun series…I hope you enjoy the next one which starts on Wednesday…

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Middle Letters Y and Z…

You may have noticed that I haven’t included the #bloganuary daily posts in this roundup…I just thought it would be too much…those of you who regularly read and comment on my posts and have also been reading and commenting on #bloganuary have my thanks x It is proving to be an interesting challenge and an experience to read some of the posts…

However, it’s still not too late if you feel you wish to participate in the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day… just click the highlighted link and sign up…

As you know both Sally and I are advocates for cooking from scratch using a variety of ingredients…Ingredients that are necessary for a healthy body and ingredients which we either grow or buy from sustainable sources…Please head over as today it is Vitamin B1 which Sally explains why it is an essential vitamin for our good health and the foods which provide this essential vitamin complete with recipes from me…The whole package…

Smorgasbord Health with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency – Vitamin B1 – Wholegrains, Mackeral, Pork, Pineapple, Eggs, Asparagus

Time for a review of one of my favourite and most used pieces of kitchen equipment…The Slow Cooker…I wouldn’t be without it but once this one has reached the end of its life then I will or maybe before be investing in an Instant Pot…but for today its the benefits and dangers of the Slow Cooker…

CarolCooks2…Friday Product Review…Slow Cookers…

Let’s go Fly a Kite...I can’t get the words of this song out of my head now…lol…although my memories of kite flying are like my memories of trying to climb a rope in PE as a child…not memorable…However, I am fascinated when I see others successfully flying a kite… there is always a touch of awe and a feeling of magic as that kite weaves and waves in the wind…

Saturday Snippets…January 22nd 2022…Today’s one word prompt is “ Kite”

That’s all for today…Thank you for joining me I look forward as always to your comments…Have an enjoyable Sunday see you next week xx